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West Michigan Hawks visit Cedar View


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On Tuesday, March 14, the West Michigan Hawks received the tremendous opportunity to give back to their community by hanging out with the children of Cedar View Elementary. Plenty of high fives and smiles were exchanged, as well as story time, where the Hawks read to the students.

“We had such a great time coming into Cedar View and reading to the 4th and 5th graders,” said head coach/owner David Lange. “I know that the guys had just as much fun if not more than the kids. Interacting with the community is a really big deal to the Hawks organization, and we truly enjoy the opportunity to do so. Without the support of the community, none of what we do is possible. Therefore, we happily accept each opportunity we get to do so.”

This is not the first time the team has been seen out and about in the Cedar Springs area. Last year, they hosted community cleanup projects, and have also been seen at Meijer helping pay for groceries.

The Hawks will be on the field again soon, as well. Their first game of the pre-season is on April 30, at Skinner Field, when they host the Highland Park Polar Bears.

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Odyssey of Mind team takes third at State


Members of the Odyssey of the Mind team.

Members of the Odyssey of the Mind team.

By Judy Reed

A first-year Odyssey of the Mind team at Cedar View Elementary did something this year that is rarely seen—they finished second at regionals, then went on to take third place at state.

Team members Ethan Griffee, Hannah Anderson, Nate Slager, Ella Buttermore, Riley Robb, and Judy Visser were coached by Tanja Griffee and Aaron Anderson. Regionals were held February 27 at Greenville Middle School, where they placed second and earned a silver medal. The state finals were held March 19, at Thornapple Kellogg Schools in Middleville, where they placed third, and received a bronze medal.

The problem they competed in was called, “No-Cycle Recycle.” They had to build a car and perform a skit involving recycling and repurposing trash items.  

“They are an amazing group of kids,” said Coach Griffee. “They worked hard and did great as a team. I am extremely proud of them for their accomplishments!”

Regional Director Linda Blackmore, of Cedar Springs, was surprised at the progress the group made for being a first year team of fourth and fifth graders.

The program is overwhelming, and so I usually tell the coaches to have two goals: survive and have fun,” explained Blackmore. “They just need to get through it the first time, to learn the ropes. But then they went on to state. That hardly ever happens. It’s an accomplishment against the best of the best at state finals—to not only be there, but to place as well. It’s only happened maybe once in the 20 years I’ve been doing this,” she said.

Blackmore said that she’s hoping to get more teams from Cedar Springs involved in Odyssey of the Mind. Teams can be created at any grade level, from grades K-12, and grade levels can have more than one team, as Cedar View did this year. If anyone is interested in getting involved, contact your building principal, or contact Blackmore at region2@michiganodyssey.com.

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My School Color Run


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ENT-ColorRun2The Cedar Springs Senior Class of 2016  All Night Party Committee is hosting the first ever My School Color Run fundraising event on April 30, 2016.

You can walk, jog, and run your way toward a healthier life while raising funds for the Cedar Springs Senior All Night Party!

The Color Run is open to everyone in the community. It is an untimed fun run held on a designated cross country course. Throughout the course, participants will experience color splash zones where they’ll be doused in color! All ages are welcome. Make it a family event!

The event will be held at Cedar View Elementary, 204 E Muskegon St, on the Cedar Springs Public Schools campus. Check in begins at 8:00 a.m., and the run begins at 9:00 a.m.

Registration is $35 for adults (19 and up) and $25 for children (18 and under). Group rate discounts available through online registration only.

Register early for discounted pricing! Registration includes a race bib, color packet, and tshirt if you register by 4/13/16. You can pick up your items at the registration table the day of the event.

Register at www.CedarSpringsColorRun.EventBrite.com

For more information about the Cedar Springs My School Color Run event, visit us online at http://www.CedarSpringsColorRun.EventBrite.com.

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Remembering 9/11


The World Trade Center towers were one of the targets in the 2001 terrorist attack on U.S. soil.

The World Trade Center towers were one of the targets in the 2001 terrorist attack on U.S. soil.

By Judy Reed, Editor

Some things are just hard to forget.

September 11, 2001, was a beautiful day. The kids were in school, and I was at home, living the life of a freelance writer and stay-at-home mom. Feeling safe and secure. And then the phone rang. It was my mother, telling me I better turn on the television, that something was happening. When I did, newscasters were trying to make sense of why a plane had hit the World Trade Center. It looked like a bad accident. Only, a couple of minutes later, I watched as another plane flew into the other tower and burst into flames. I thought for a second that I was watching a replay. Then I realized in horror that I wasn’t. We were under attack from some unknown source. And I didn’t feel so safe anymore.

Most people I’ve talked to have similar stories. They know where they were and what they were doing at 8:45 a.m. when the first plane hit. The second one hit 18 minutes later. Then at 9:45 a.m., a third jet slammed into the Pentagon. What we didn’t know at the time was that each of these planes had been hijacked by Osama Bin Laden’s al Qaeda terrorist group and they were filled with American people—innocent victims, just like those killed in each of the buildings. Each one of those travelers thought they were going to California that morning.

Another target was The Pentagon

Another target was The Pentagon

Less than 15 minutes after the terrorists struck the Pentagon, the south tower of the World Trade Center collapsed in a massive cloud of dust and smoke. At 10:30 a.m., the other Trade Center tower collapsed. Close to 3,000 people died in the World Trade Center attack, including 343 firefighters and paramedics, 23 New York City police officers, and 37 Port Authority police officers who were struggling to complete an evacuation of the buildings and save the office workers trapped on higher floors. Only six people in the World Trade Center towers at the time of their collapse survived. Almost 10,000 other people were treated for injuries.

A fourth plane never made it to its target, thanks to the heroic efforts of some of the passengers, who attacked the hijackers in the cockpit. One of the passengers, Thomas Burnett, Jr., told his wife over the phone, “I know we’re all going to die. There’s three of us who are going to do something about it. I love you, honey.” Another passenger, Todd Beamer, was heard saying, “Are you guys ready? Let’s roll” over an open line. That plane’s target was unknown, but the people aboard probably saved many lives while sacrificing their own.

The attacks left many feeling hopeless. But the people in Cedar Springs showed they were made of sterner—and more compassionate—stuff. In the days immediately following, churches everywhere opened their doors for prayer meetings. A national day of prayer was decreed, and churches were open to help those looking for divine strength and understanding. Even the schools observed a moment of silence on that day. More people turned out for the monthly blood drive at the United Methodist Church than they could handle. A special salute was done before the Friday football game in honor of the rescue personnel lost. A separate memorial service was organized and held at Skinner Field to honor and remember victims of the tragedy. Wolverine World Wide sent 2,100 pairs of boots to New York City firefighters.

Cedar View students made this special flag, shown in the photo, which featured their hands, with words of kindness. It hung in St. Paul’s Chapel, and then was moved to the Smithsonian Institute. Post photo by J. Reed.

Cedar View students made this special flag, shown in the photo, which featured their hands, with words of kindness. It hung in St. Paul’s Chapel, and then was moved to the Smithsonian Institute. Post photo by J. Reed.

One of the acts of kindness that will live on indefinitely was created by students at Cedar View Elementary—fourth and fifth graders. The flag they created stretched from the ceiling to the floor in the school hallway. The stripes were made up of hand cut outs on which the students had written special messages such as, “I’m sorry for all the people who lost their family members,” “Thank you survivors who went back and tried to save other people,” “Thank you for donating blood, thank you for putting out fires,” “We are praying for the police, fireman and doctors,” and “I’m glad to be an American.” They sent the banner to New York City when it was completed, and it hung in St. Paul’s Chapel where rescue workers went to take breaks. Someone even sent back pictures of it hanging in the chapel. When it was taken down, it went to the Smithsonian for their 9/11 exhibit, and the special picture shown on the front page was sent to Cedar View Elementary, thanking them on behalf of all the rescue workers and one million visitors to St. Paul’s Chapel who were touched by the school’s gift of love, creativity and compassion. Those students graduated in 2009 and 2010 and can proudly say they were part of something special.

When we remember 9/11 this weekend and honor the memories of those lost, let’s try to remember more than just the horrible event. Let’s try to remember the feeling of camaraderie, of loving our neighbors, helping those less fortunate, what it means to be kind to one another, what it really means to give. I think the people who lost their lives that day would want it that way.

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Cedar View Elementary 55 meter dash championships


 

On Wednesday, June 3rd, all 4th and 5th grade students walked to Red Hawk Stadium for the 55 meter dash finals. It was a prefect day for running with blue skies and warm temperatures.

The final results for the 4th grad girls were: 1st place, Kendal Brown, 2nd place, Adrianna Bergman-Swanson, 3rd place, Brianna Goerbig, and in 4th place, Naliya Clark.

The 4th grade boys winners were: 1st place, Ryan West, 2nd place, Hayden Morris, 3rd place, Dylan Dine, and in 4th place, Cole Hefner.

The final results for the 5th grade girls were: 1st place, Alli Carlson, 2nd place, Olivia Endres, 3rd place, Aaliyah Calkins, and in 4th place, Ashly Erxleben.

The 5th grade boys winners were: 1st place, Carter Bayink, 2nd place, Mitch Metiva, 3rd place, Kyle Hoort, and in 4th place, Josh Vitacco.

A special thanks goes out to the finish line judges, Principal Mr. Secor and school board member Jeff Gust. Also, three high school students, Taylor Holloway, Sam Long, and Katie Schumann assisted with the organization of the event.

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Hawkeye Hall of Fame


 

Andy Secor, Cedar View Principal

 

Students at Cedar View Elementary continue a daily focus on using their “Habits of Mind.” In an effort to foster a culture of students displaying model behaviors, teachers came together forming a ‘Positive Behavior Committee.’  The committee works together to plan monthly

Twice a month, each teacher chooses one student to be inducted into the “Hawkeye Hall of Fame.”  Students have their name called over the announcements, choose a reward from Mr. Secor, display their picture on the hall of fame wall, and they put their autograph next to their picture.  Students beam as they receive the praise they truly deserve.  As students return to their classrooms, the entire student body lines the halls to cheer and high-five honored students as music plays over the intercom.  It is exciting to see students take pride in accomplishments as they reach personal goals focused on habits of mind growth!

This year, Cedar View has targeted the following habits of mind:

1) Persistence

2) Restraining impulsivity

3) Thinking about thinking

4) Thinking interdependently

5) Listening with understanding and empathy

*Look for pictures and autographs of the first Hawkeye Hall of Fame inductees from Friday, September 26th when you visit!

 

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Cedar View holds 55m dash championships


On Thursday, June 6th, the annual Cedar View Elementary 55 meter dash championships were held at Red Hawk Stadium. Heats were held to determine the fastest girl and boy in the 4th and 5th grade. With the assistance of Principal, Mr. Secor, Mrs. Lesley and the “Voice of the Red Hawks,” Trey Reed, the events were enjoyed by over 450 students, plus staff and parents.

In 4th grade, the girl winners were: 1st place, Abby Buttermore (Nielsen), 2nd place, Sophia Dault (Falcinelli) and in 3rd place, Cassidy Canfield (Van Dam).

The 4th grade boy winners were: 1st place, Da’Montae Barnett (Alvarez), 2nd place, Caleb Menefee (Nielsen) and in 3rd place, which was a four way tie, Nayden Krupp (Underwood), Christian Moleski (Gregory), Daniel Vaughn (Van Dam) and Trenton Snoeyink (Underwood).

The 5th grade girl winners were: 1st place, Brittany Flanagin (Luttrell), 2nd place, Katie Grooters (Luttrell) and in 3rd place, Kaylie Andres (Latimer).

The 5th grade boy winners were: Dilan Sargent (Moleski), 2nd place, Jaydon Moleski (Latimer) and in 3rd place, Miles Cartwright (Mumford).

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Fourth-graders raise money for library


Mrs. Baas’s class with Librarian Donna Clark (left)

Mrs. Baas’s class with Librarian Donna Clark (left)

The fourth-grade students at Cedar View Elementary celebrated “March is reading month” by holding a read-a-thon to raise money for the Cedar Springs Library and the Cedar View PTO.

Each student had a goal to raise $35 for the all-day reading marathon. About 54 students reached that goal, and each one of them received a Red Hawk beanie baby from the library for their effort.

The students raised a total of $1,356 for the library, and $1,356 for the PTO.

On Tuesday, March 26, Librarian Donna Clark went to each class and handed out the beanie babies and spoke to the classes. She left one beanie baby for each of the teachers to remind the students that March isn’t the only month for reading. “I hope they continue to read and come to the library this summer because we have a great summer reading program,” noted Clark. “I really want to thank the students for being so community-minded and raising the money for the library.”

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How habits of mind make a difference


Morgan Nauta, a fifth grader at Cedar View Elementary, wanted to do something very special on her eleventh birthday. Morgan was turning eleven on 11/11/11. She used two Habits of Mind to develop her plan. She deeply understands how to treat others with respect and how to be creative, imaginative and innovative.
She decided to help the Veterans of the area by asking for donations for the gift shop opening soon at the Veterans’ Home in Grand Rapids. Morgan’s idea allowed her to gather eleven large rubber tubs (rather large ones) of goodies to donate to the cause.
Morgan had a special connection to the Veterans’ Home because both of her great grandfathers lived there at one point in their lives. Morgan, along with family members, delivered the tubs to the Veterans’ Home on November 21. The administration gave Morgan a beautiful plaque made to honor her efforts.
“I felt very happy to share all of the gifts with the Veterans’ Home. It was my best birthday ever. I think it better to give than receive,” said Morgan.
“It is really good to know Cedar View has such wonderful students who truly care about others,” remarked Mr. Mike Duffy, the school principal.

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Fifth-grader raises money for breast cancer


Lucus Pienton (right) is shown here with his friend, Jadelen, in the football uniforms and the pink they wore for breast cancer awareness.

By Judy Reed

Most fifth-graders are thinking about having fun with their friends, what new video game is coming, or what they are getting for their birthday. Most are definitely not thinking about cancer or how they can help support a cure. But Lucus Pienton is not your average fifth-grader.
Lucus, 11, is a student at Cedar View Elementary. His mom, Julie Pierson, said that Lucus loves school and is very athletic. He plays football for Garfield Park in Grand Rapids on the juniors team. But he is also compassionate.
“Lucus has always been about helping people and doing what’s right for people,” explained Julie. “If he sees someone being picked on he tells the bully that it’s wrong, or if someone is hurt, he helps them up to make sure that person is fine.”
Recently, Lucus and his mom have been talking about cancer, because his grandpa has cancer. Lucus asked her about breast cancer, and she explained that’s why he sees people wearing pink and pink ribbons. So he asked his mom to ask his football coach if the team could all wear socks for breast cancer. She did, and the coach agreed.
But Lucus wanted to do more. He asked for pink ankle tape for his shoes and wrists, and then he asked if they could do posters. His mom readily agreed. And then Lucus decided he wanted to do donation boxes and collect the money for breast cancer awareness. Julie told Lucas that was a lot for him to. “He said, ‘I know but its worth it to help people.’ So I talked to the coach about this and he thought it was a wonderful thing,” she said.
But Lucus wasn’t finished. He wrote a letter to his stepdad’s place of work and asked them to donate to breast cancer bracelets to pass out at the game. He then made an appointment to meet with the CEO and President of Perrin so they could talk to him about what he was doing, and donate money for the bracelets.
Lucus set up his donation boxes on Saturday, October 22, at the last home football game of the season, and raised $137.12 for breast cancer awareness.
“I would have never thought of my son coming this far in a project and he was so committed,” said Julie. “As Lucus’ mother, I am so proud of him.”

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